Belgian Iron Combination Safe by L. Duvilers

  • This early Belgian safe represents an important precursor to the modern combination safe
  • It features a hidden lock mechanism that is secured by a four-letter code
  • The impressive chest was crafted by the important safe makers L. Duvilers
  • It is exceptional with regard to both artistic design and craftsmanship
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Item No. 31-0701

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This Belgian cast-iron safe represents an important precursor to the modern combination lock. Crafted by the important makers L. Duvilers, the 19th-century safe features a state-of-the-art hidden lock mechanism that is additionally secured by a four-letter combination code. Open the central door to reveal four letter dials. Only after entering the correct code can one use the key to open the safe and access the important pieces held inside.

In addition to its mechanical complexity, the safe is also beautifully crafted. Prior to the 19th century, iron safes were designed to convey notions of strength and invulnerability. By the 1830s, however, firms increasingly sought to distinguish their products through more artistic designs. Thanks to its elaborate metal ornamentation, this safe is exceptional in both artistry and craftsmanship.

At the time of this safe’s creation, France, Belgium and Portugal were considered leaders in the field of lock mechanics, combining new mechanisms with a letter code further securing the lock. The firm of L. Duvilers was at the forefront of these new designs, earning a number of medals at the international expositions of the mid-19th century. This safe from the firm represents the safe-making legacy of Belgium, which brought together complex mechanisms, highly secure materials, remarkable artistry and ingenious design.

Plaque on the interior reads "Coffre Fort Incombustible / L. Duvilers / 27 Rue Aux Vaches, Gand." joined by the coat of arms of Belgium.

Circa 1875

26" wide x 20 1/4" deep x 47 1/2" high
Belgian Iron Combination Safe by L. Duvilers
Period: 19th Century
Type: Safes/Strong Boxes
Depth: 20.25 Inches
Width: 26.0 Inches
Height: 47.5 Inches

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